Day 1 – Monday, November 5th

Venue: Pacific Room
 
10:00-10:30 Welcome coffee and Accreditation of participants
10:00 – 10:15 VIP/Press Tour of Exhibition
10:15 – 10:30 Media statements and Q&A
10:30 – 11:00
Opening Ceremony
 
Speakers:
  • Roksanda Babic, Presenter/ Host of the Conference
  • Branislav Nedimovic, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Serbia (TBC)
  • H.E. Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia
  • Representative of Association for Promotion of Serbian Food  
11:00 – 11:30
IIntroduction to Serbian Food Processing Industry (study)
 
The current situation in the Serbian food processing industry, its specifics, potentials, recent development.
 
Speaker: Aleksandar Pavlovic, CSS Chief of Party 
11:30 – 12:30
Opening Panel – Prospects of Serbian Food Processing Industry
 
Panel discussion on perspectives ahead of the region’s food processing industry – insights and potentials from the points of view of the Government, business associations, large brands and entrepreneurs.
 
Speakers: 
  • Katarina Obradovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Serbia 
  • Veljko Jovanovic, Director of the Agricultural Division at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Vladimir Cupic, President of the Food and Agriculture Alliance/ General Manager of Atlantic Group
  • Ivan Percic, owner of "Suncokret"

Moderator: Tanja Veselinovic

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch
13:30 – 14:30
Session: Global Trends & Opportunities for Serbian Food
 
Global food industry trends and best chances Serbia and the region have in the international market – a lecture from the experience of a senior food and drink expert from one of leading global consultants.
 
Speaker: Honorata Jarocka, Senior Food and Drink Analyst, Mintel Consulting
14:30 – 15:30
Panel: Mobilizing capital for growing the food processing industry
 
A panel discussion dealing with the investment possibilities, chances and challenges of food startups, role and positions of the banks etc. by representatives of investors, food makers and financial services experts. 
 
Speakers: 
  • Sreten Vranic, Program manager for startup companies, Erste Bank
  • Ana Milic, Head of Business Department, ProCredit bank
  • Luka Pejovic, Senior Consultant, BDO Serbia (Conda crowdinvesting) 
  • Nikola Stanisic, owner, Stanisic bio
Moderator: Miloš Savić, Partner, WM Equity Partners

 

Day 2 – Tuesday, November 6th

Venue: Pacific Room
 
09:00 – 9:30 Morning coffee
9:30 – 10:30
Session: Routes to Market – Packaging, Certification, Logistics, and Distribution
 
An expert’s take on key issues and steps on a food producer’s successful route to the market – from product packaging to distribution – by Managing Director of a UK based international food marketing agency. 
 
Speaker: Simon Waring, Managing Director, Green Seeds Group, UK
10:30 – 12:00
Case Study: The Buyer’s Viewpoint
 
What it takes for producers to have products on the shelves of the key regional chains? What are the expectations, policies, criteria and needs? Insights directly from different representative buyers.
 
Speakers:
  • Ahold Delhaize representative (TBC)
  • Mercator-S representative
  • Predrag Petrovic, Head of purchasing, marketing and logistic, dm drogerie markt Serbia and Macedonia 
  • Spomenko Djordan, Assistant to the Executive Director, Univerexport
  • Vaso Lekic, Zadruga Food Concept
12:00 - 12:30 Snacks and Coffee time
12:30 - 13:00

Session: Tips from true taste experts - how to create a premium product and improve brand exposure

Global trends: food pairing, taste certification, premium products, benefits of Superior Taste Award (iTQi) for Serbian producers - lecture by world famous food experts.

Speakers: Alan Coxon, iTQi Jury Member, British Ambassador for Food, Drink and Tourism and celebrity chef and TV presenter & Ina Saltanava, Area Manager, International

13:30 – 16.00
Case Study: Been there, done that
 
First-hand experience of food making success in the region: from the speakers who effectively overcame challenges of starting a business in the industry, entering markets and growth.
 
Speakers:
  • Darko Mandic, Owner of Happy Honey
  • Andrija Miskovic, Executive director, Global Foods
  • Kalin Babusku, Brand Developer, Mamas Food, Macedonia Export
  • Damir Ferovic, CEO, Kulin/ZERAA 
  • Michal Neeman, CEO, LUMEEGA
16:00 Closing ceremony

 

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